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1964 Gibson ES-175D

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Serial #: 154553, orange oval label

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .80/.94

Materials: Solid Honduran mahogany neck; solid rosewood fingerboard; arched slab-cut figured maple top, sides and back; dual-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; triple bound top, bound back.

Hardware: Original hardware includes Gibson Patent sticker humbucking pickups and electronics; compensated nickel Tuneomatic bridge; beveled 5-ply pickguard; 3 way control switch, gold reflector cap knobs. Vintage correct aged nickel hardware includes Kluson Deluxe 16X1 double ring tuners, zig-zag trapeze tailpiece.

Notes: Since its introduction in 1949, the Gibson ES-175 has been the most popular jazz guitar in the world. The twin pickup ES-175D debuted in 1951, and the model became Gibson's first model to be fitted with the humbucking pickup in 1957. Since its inception over half a century ago, the classic ES-175 has remained in the Gibson catalog continuously until the firm unaccountably withdrew it from production a few years ago.

Examples from the early to mid '60's are highly prized for their elegant playability, combining the generous full width 1 11/16" fingerboard with the slimmer depth D profile neck. Maintained in splendid condition, the guitar is free of cracks, pick, thumb or fingerboard wear. The top and back show nice slab cut figure in the arched maple, and with excellent pro fretwork with a fresh high precision setup.

A bit of light scattered checking shows that the gleaming sunburst finish is 100% original, and apart from a few lacquer nicks, the guitar shows remarkably little playwear altogether. The 24 3/4" scale is fast and nimble, the twin Pat sticker humbuckers are fat and sweet, and the 16" body is easy to cradle and substantially resistant to feedback. Babied since new, this guitar is a particularly handsome example of Gibson's hardest-working jazz box. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original black Gibson Lifton hardshell case with gold plush lining.






















































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